I remember from my childhood being in the room when my parents where watching the news and hearing an announcement "the views and opinions in the following editorial do not necessarily reflect those of this station blah blah blah..." I don't remember exactly how the rest went.
Well a few days ago when I was giving my site a once over I clicked on one of the videos on my video wall widget. If you haven't checked it out yet there's a link to it at the end of this post but stay here first, please. I chose the video because the trainer appeared in more than one of the frames. His video made complete sense and I was in total agreement with him. He was discussing a strategy that some people claim cannot be done, but it can and he did a good job of explaining how. So I decided to check out another video of his. Within 11 seconds of this video I realized my opinion is the complete opposite of his in regards to core training. He stated core training was one of the biggest wastes of time in the gym. He feels it's the most ineffective and dangerous thing you could do in the gym. He recommends that you work each muscle group independently and then do some crunches or leg lifts for the abs and forget about doing core training. I disagree. First let me say this: All exercise is good. Some is better than others for specific goals, but the health benefits of exercise always makes it worthwhile. Second, all physical activity, proper exercise included, has some possible risk of injury. The risks increases with lack of supervision, poor instruction, and improper progression.
Beyond the fact that I believe that core training can be very effective and when done properly is safe, I take issue with the fact that the trainer did not specifically address any particular group of exercisers before making his bold statement. There are people who can get away without doing any direct core training- advanced strength athletes, bodybuilders and physique models who have been working out enough to know how to effectively stabilize the trunk and receive plenty enough core work through training the rest of their body. Most of these people usually do some form of exercise directed at the muscles of the core anyways.
But this does not apply to everyone. Athletes and beginners that lack adequate core strength and stability definitely benefit from regular direct core training. Not to mention that some of us enjoy exercising with a stability ball, or find it fun doing things on dyna-discs, balance boards and airex cushions. Does that mean we should quit since we're wasting our time doing such 'ineffective, dangerous' stuff? I don't think so.
Also, the core consists of more than just the abs.
I always take issue when fitness 'professionals' make any sort of statement that will possibly direct someone away from exercising. Had he at the beginning stated “This advice is for those of you who exercise or train for ____" then I may not have written this post. But since he basically sounded as if he knows what every exerciser's goal is I feel I had to inform the visitors of Aaron Harris fitness of my stance on core training. So I'd like to leave you with two things:
1.Before you take the advice of someone make sure the person giving the advice knows why you are exercising and what your goals are.
2.The views, opinions, positions or strategies expressed in the videos appearing on the video wall are those of the person/persons presenting in the video, and do not necessarily reflect the views, opinions, positions or strategies of Aaron Harris fitness.
Here's a link to the video wall: Video Widget Link
If you watch any of the videos and have a question about the topic or want my opinion about it be sure to leave a comment and include the link to the video's window or tab.